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Pro footballer to compete in Permit Challenge at South Point Arena

1 December 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Famed professional football tight-end, Bear Pascoe, will compete in the 2017 Permit Challenge at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa Arena on Thursday, 7 December, where he will test his skill in the Steer Wrestling competition. The Permit Challenge invites the top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Permit holders in each rodeo event to compete for $21,000.

Pascoe is from Morro Bay, California and qualified in the fifth spot, earning $5,043 throughout 2017. He is not new to the Western lifestyle, growing up on a cattle ranch in California's Central Valley and the son-in-law of ProRodeo Hall of Fame Steer Wrestler, John W. Jones JR.

"My heroes have and always will be my dad, my brother Ryan Pascoe and John W. Jones JR.," said Pascoe. "He has had a big impact on me in the rodeo arena. He's the one that taught me how to steer wrestle. Johnny has taught me a lot over the past couple years, and I am honored and blessed to have him as a coach, father-in law, and most importantly, a friend."

Bo Pickett, competing in the Tie-Down Roping, and Dawson Hay, competing in the Saddle Bronc Riding, also come from very successful rodeo families. Pickett's uncle, Dee Pickett has been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and is a two-time world champion. Bo's cousin, Cody Pickett, was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Dawson Hay is working to keep a family legacy alive. His dad, Rod Hay, has competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) 20 times. His Uncle, Denny Hay, qualified for the WNFR four times.

To purchase a PRCA membership card, contestants must fill their permit, meaning they must win $1,000 at PRCA sanctioned rodeos that year. They can then purchase their PRCA card and compete in hopes to qualify for the "Super Bowl" of rodeo, the WNFR. Many contestants choose to compete on their Permit for a full year to gain experience prior to their rookie year as a PRCA card holder and to qualify to compete at the Permit Challenge.

To learn more about the rodeo events visit PRCA's website.

Tickets for the 2017 Permit Challenge can be purchased at on the South Point Arena website.


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